We have a client that has requested us to investigate the possibility of
using light gage metal systems (metal studs, joists, shear walls, etc.) for
3- and 4- story housing building. I've never used it (except for non-bearing
walls) and I am having problems in finding technical information. I know
that Angeles Metal Systems used to be pretty big in this area however the
telephone I get off of the internet has yielded nothing.
Does any one have any information such as manufacturer's, programs etc. to
help assist in the design of such a system? The one problem that I foresee
is the use of metal studs shear walls and holdowns. I'm not sure how that's
going to work.